Coronary Artery Disease (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
You may then have several different kinds of tests to check your risk for getting heart disease. If your doctor thinks you have heart disease, you will need more tests to make sure.
Tests to measure your risk for coronary artery disease
The main tests your doctor uses to check your risk for getting heart disease include:
Your doctor will use your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors such as your age and if you smoke, to know your risk of heart disease. If you know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, you can check your risk for a heart attack:
Other tests may help your doctor find out your risk for heart disease, especially when they are considered along with your other risk factors. But these tests are not helpful for everyone. Such tests may include:
Sometimes doctors schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But experts say routine heart tests can be a waste of time and money. See the topic Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?
Tests to diagnose coronary artery disease
If your doctor thinks you may have heart disease, you will need some tests to make sure. Most often, the first tests include:
Other tests may include:
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